Cooper eyes phasing out passenger car, LT tires at UK plant

Melksham, UK — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is considering phasing out production of car and light truck tires at its plant in Melksham, Wiltshire, a move that would affect 300 employees at the former Avon Tyres plant Cooper has operated since 1997.

Cooper said it has entered a “consultation period” to explore ceasing light vehicle tire production at Melksham, which would remain the headquarters of Cooper Tire Europe’s sales and marketing offices, its technical center and materials business.

Cooper said that the 133-year-old factory is not…

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